And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 12, Rays 1: Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and Miguel Andujar and Luke Voit also went deep as the Yankees routed the Rays and all but ensured themselves home field in the Wild Card game. The talk of the game, however, was CC Sabathia hitting Jesus Sucre and getting ejected two innings short of what was all but certain to be his $500K bonus-triggering 155th inning pitched. Which while maybe not the single dumbest instance of unwritten rules enforcement ever — I’ll reserve that title for such acts which cost a team a game or got someone injured — was certainly the most expensive instance of it. Afterwards Sabathia said he didn’t care, saying “I don’t make decisions based on money, I guess,” and “I felt like it was the right thing to do.” Given that Sabathia has made over $200 million in his career I suppose he won’t miss that bonus.

Rockies 5, Phillies 3: David Dahl homered in his fourth straight game, Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also went deep, the Rockies won their seventh straight and their lead over the Dodgers in the NL West is now a full game with three left to play. It’s the Rockies longest winning streak of the season. I don’t believe in momentum and I don’t think there is a strong correlation between a team finishing the season hot and going deep in the playoffs, but it’s certainly the case that the Rockies are hot at the right time for purposes of actually getting to the big tournament.

Mets 4, Braves 1: Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run homer and Kevin Plawecki hit a solo shot to back Jason Vargas who tossed seven-shutout innings against a shorthanded Braves lineup. Atlanta rested Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson is still out with an injury and the Braves talked about Julio Teheran‘s start as if it were a mere tuneup for the playoffs. Which is fine I suppose, but it’s also the case that they need to make up a game on the Rockies and/or the Dodgers in the next three days to avoid starting the NLDS on the road and you’d figure that would be a higher priority.

Royals 2, Indians 1: The Royals season has been eminently forgettable, but Adalberto Mondesi‘s coming out party has been quite a thing. He homered in this one and then, with two out in the tenth, he drew a walk, stole second and third base and then came home with the winning run when Sal Perez hit a walkoff single. Mondesi has stole 30 bases in only 72 games and, while that walk was only the ninth of the season and his OBP could be better, he has been an exciting presence in a game that, of late, has not been particularly exciting.

Cubs 3, Pirates 0: Jon Lester tossed six shutout innings, David Bote tripled in two runs and Daniel Murphy knocked in a third. The win gives Chicago a one-game lead in the NL Central with three to play. The three the Cubs have to play come against the Cardinals, which is a taller order than the three Milwaukee has to play against the Tigers.

Twins 9, Tigers 3:  Willians Astudillo had a two-run single and a two-run double to lead the Twins attack. Tyler Austin drove in three. Astudillo is a late season callup who is trying to work his way into the Twins plans for 2019. He’s doing a good job of it, batting .357/372/.524 with three homers and 19 RBI in 26 games. Viva La Tortuga.

Rangers 2, Mariners 0: Ariel Jurado blanked Seattle for six innings and three Texas relievers combined to complete the three-hit shutout. Ronald Guzman singled in one of Texas’ runs and Isiah Kiner-Falefa took a bases-loaded plunking to knock in the second. The Rangers have won five of their last six against the Mariners.

Astros vs. Orioles — POSTPONED:

Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?

Oh, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?

I’m a-goin’ back out ’fore the rain starts a-fallin’

I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest

Where the people are many and their hands are all empty

Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters

Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison

Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden

Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten

Where black is the color, where none is the number

And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it

And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it

Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’

But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

Gaylord Perry, two-time Cy Young winner, dies at 84

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GAFFNEY, S.C. — Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball and telling stories about the pitch, died at 84.

Perry died at his home in Gaffney, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details. A statement from the Perry family said he “passed away peacefully at his home after a short illness.”

The native of Williamston, North Carolina, made history as the first player to win the Cy Young in both leagues, with Cleveland in 1972 after a 24-16 season and with San Diego in 1978 – going 21-6 for his fifth and final 20-win season just after turning 40.

“Before I won my second Cy Young, I thought I was too old – I didn’t think the writers would vote for me,” Perry said in an article on the National Baseball Hall of Fame website. “But they voted on my performance, so I won it.”

“Gaylord Perry was a consistent workhorse and a memorable figure in his Hall of Fame career,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, adding, “he will be remembered among the most accomplished San Francisco Giants ever … and remained a popular teammate and friend throughout his life.”

Perry was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and spent 10 seasons among legendary teammates like Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who said Thursday that Perry “was a good man, a good ballplayer and my good friend. So long old Pal.”

Juan Marichal remembered Perry as “smart, funny, and kind to everyone in the clubhouse. When he talked, you listened.”

“During our 10 seasons together in the San Francisco Giants rotation, we combined to record 369 complete games, more than any pair of teammates in the Major Leagues,” Marichal said. “I will always remember Gaylord for his love and devotion to the game of baseball, his family, and his farm.”

Perry, who pitched for eight major-league teams from 1962 until 1983, was a five-time All-Star who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. He had a career record of 314-255, finished with 3,554 strikeouts and used a pitching style where he doctored baseballs or made batters believe he was doctoring them.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame said in a statement that Perry was “one of the greatest pitchers of his generation.” The Texas Rangers, whom Perry played for twice, said in a statement that the pitcher was “a fierce competitor every time he took the ball and more often than not gave the Rangers an opportunity to win the game.”

“The Rangers express their sincere condolences to Gaylord’s family at this difficult time,” the team’s statement said. “This baseball great will be missed.”

Perry’s 1974 autobiography was titled “Me and the Spitter,” and he wrote it in that when he started in 1962 he was the “11th man on an 11-man pitching staff” for the Giants. He needed an edge and learned the spitball from San Francisco teammate Bob Shaw.

Perry said he first threw it in May 1964 against the New York Mets, pitched 10 innings without giving up a run and soon after entered the Giants’ starting rotation.

He also wrote in the book that he chewed slippery elm bark to build up his saliva, and eventually stopped throwing the pitch in 1968 after MLB ruled pitchers could no longer touch their fingers to their mouths before touching the baseball.

According to his book, he looked for other substances, like petroleum jelly, to doctor the baseball. He used various motions and routines to touch different parts of his jersey and body to get hitters thinking he was applying a foreign substance.

Giants teammate Orlando Cepeda said Perry had “a great sense of humor … a great personality and was my baseball brother.”

“In all my years in baseball, I never saw a right-handed hurler have such a presence on the field and in the clubhouse,” Cepeda added.

Seattle Mariners Chairman John Stanton said in a release that he spoke with Perry during his last visit to Seattle, saying Perry was, “delightful and still passionate in his opinions on the game, and especially on pitching.

Perry was ejected from a game just once for doctoring a baseball – when he was with Seattle in August 1982. In his final season with Kansas City, Perry and teammate Leon Roberts tried to hide George Brett’s infamous pine-tar bat in the clubhouse but was stopped by a guard. Perry was ejected for his role in that game, too.

After his career, Perry founded the baseball program at Limestone College in Gaffney and was its coach for the first three years.

Perry is survived by wife Deborah, and three of his four children in Allison, Amy and Beth. Perry’s son Jack had previously died.

Deborah Perry said in a statement to The AP that Gaylord Perry was “an esteemed public figure who inspired millions of fans and was a devoted husband, father, friend and mentor who changed the lives of countless people with his grace, patience and spirit.”

The Hall of Fame’s statement noted that Perry often returned for induction weekend “to be with his friends and fans.”

“We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Deborah, and the entire Perry family,” Baseball Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark said.